Thea Digiammerino

Halal Butcher Can Reopen, With Major Strings Attached

The situation started when a cow got loose from the Saba meat store in Bloomfield, and employee slaughtered it in the parking lot of a neighboring business.

A Bloomfield halal butcher forced to close after slaughtering a runaway cow in public will be allowed to reopen, but only after fixing a long list of deficiencies.

Saba Live Poultry came under the scrutiny of federal, state, and local agencies after the July 13 incident, which took place after the calf got loose and ran across the street onto a Home Depot lot.

A Saba employee slit the calf’s throat after corralling it.

A series of inspections by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, and the Town of Bloomfield followed. Multiple violations were found.

Saba must now deal with improving plumbing and ventilation. Plus it must have more sanitary pens, walls, windows, screens and doors, better cage conditions for animals, and the list goes on, and on.

While the new consent order signed by the state said Saba can reopen, it may be a while.

We could not reach Saba for comment.

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